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2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Outback Bowl, L 24-7 vs. South Carolina
Conference Big Ten Conference
2000 record 8-4 (5-3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Cooper

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1999 2001 »

The 2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2000-2001. The Buckeyes compiled a 8–4 record, including a 38–26 loss to rival Michigan in Columbus in the regular season finale and a 24–7 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2001 Outback Bowl. The losses dropped head coach John Cooper's record to 2-10-1 in Ohio State-Michigan games and 3-7 in bowl games, contributing to his dismissal from the team on January 2, 2001.[1]



Date Opponent Site Result
September 2* Fresno State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 43-10  
September 9* at Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona W 27-17  
September 16* Miami (Ohio) Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 27-16  
September 23 Penn State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 45-6  
October 7 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 23-7  
October 14 Minnesota Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 17-29  
October 21 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 38-10  
October 28 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana L 27-31  
November 4 Michigan State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 27-13  
November 11 at Illinois Memorial Stadium (Champaign)Champaign, Illinois W 24-21  
November 18 Michigan Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 26-38  
January 1* vs. South Carolina Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida (Outback Bowl) L 7-24  
*Non-Conference Game.

Coaching staff

2001 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Nate Clements 1 21 Defensive Back Buffalo Bills
Ryan Pickett 1 29 Defensive Tackle St. Louis Rams
Rodney Bailey 6 181 Defensive End Pittsburgh Steelers
Reggie Germany 7 214 Wide Receiver Buffalo Bills
Derek Combs 7 228 Defensive Back Oakland Raiders
Ken-Yon Rambo 7 229 Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders


  1. ^ Rovnak, Paul. "Cooper Fired, Geiger cites 'deteriorating climate'", The Lantern, January 3, 2001.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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